Q. I used to do well in my hunt seat equitation classes, but my new horse has a really bouncy trot. It’s fine when I post, but I have trouble holding my position during sitting trot. If I slow my horse down so I can sit quietly, I get lapped by other competitors. Do you have any tips on how to camouflage the way my horse’s gait affects my position?
I would not be concerned if people are passing you by. If they are lapping you they are going too fast. One thing that may help is to stay on the inside track of the ring. Then it will appear that you are moving at the same speed as others. Also, in flat classes, show off the things you do well, such as the canter or posting trot, and be more discreet when doing the sitting trot.
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